Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I at Dubai, PAK v NZ, Nov 04 2018 - Ball by Ball Commentary

3rd T20I (N), Dubai (DICS), November 04, 2018, Pakistan v New Zealand
(16.5/20 ov, T:167) 119

Pakistan won by 47 runs

Player Of The Match
79 (58)
Player Of The Series
132 runs • 1 wkt
Full commentary

11.25pm Sarfraz gets his hands on another trophy, but this one, sadly, doesn't have a biscuit on it. Even so, a terrific performance from Pakistan. We hope you've enjoyed our coverage of the T20I series. Be sure to join us for the first ODI day after tomorrow. Until then, goodbye!

Sarfraz Ahmed: "A brilliant team effort from us. We needed 160-plus, and our batsmen did it, and Babar Azam and Hafeez played magnificent innings. Throughout the series we've taken wickets with the new ball, and we've done well with the bat too. When our players set such records, it feels very good. The way Babar got to 1000 runs, Shadab getting the most wickets this year. Also someone like Hafeez bhai coming back and doing so well."

Kane Williamson: "At the halfway stage, on that surface, that was a very good total from Pakistan. They batted very well, did very well to keep wickets in hand. A lot of good cricket shots. We could have hit more favourable areas, but they played superbly well on a tricky surface. A lot had to go our way with the bat, and they did for a while, but things can change quickly in these conditions, and Pakistan have been clinical. They're very accurate, bowled to the areas of the ground that they want to be hit to. Very good bowling attack, and we'll try to keep learning from them in these conditions. Lots of positives over the three games. Tough pill to swallow today, but we've got to put that behind us and look ahead to the one-day series."

Mohammad Hafeez is the Player of the Series. "Really happy. I came back in the previous series, and credit to the way the team has supported me, and wished me before every performance. Whatever the situation, I try to handle it properly, and whatever's going through my mind, it's working, thankfully. The way every player is taking responsibility, in pressure situations, it's a great sign for the team moving forward. Every player is building confidence. [Looking ahead] What I'm doing at the moment, it's working, and I just need to keep doing it and not change anything."

Babar Azam is the Player of the Match. "Hafeez bhai gave me great support. I keep it simple, hit my shots when the ball is in my area. I take my chances - it's not that I don't - but my role is to play the full 20 overs, and if need be, I take chances. No great change between one-down and opening the batting. I knew I had broken Kohli's record, I pray to Allah that I can keep achieving more."

Kashif: "KW 60 rest of the kiwis plus extras... 59."

Fiaz Leghari : "31st occasion Pak has bowled out the opposition in T20Is, no doubt the best bowling attack in the world "

Usman Khalid: "Imagine someone going out to run an errand after the 12th over and rushing to get back quick and catch the last 3 overs of the game!"

Rameez: "Why isn't there a WT20 this year ?? :("

Umer Adil: "Here i am announcing MOM is shadab... MOS is babar.. "

Bilal Haider: "Professor For Man Of The Series"

11.04pm From 96 for 2 to 119 all out. Eight wickets for 23 runs. Staggering. It can happen in T20, of course, where a team just gets on a roll after breaking a partnership. There was some excellent bowling in there from Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim in particular, but also some inexperience shown by New Zealand's batsmen - I'm thinking especially of the wickets of Chapman and Seifert. Lovely innings by Williamson, made it look so easy. The collapse after his dismissal suggests his innings transcended what has been a pretty tricky pitch to bat on.

Maqsood to Rance, OUT

bowled him, and Pakistan have wrapped up a 3-0 series win. Slower ball, fullish, with a bit of offcut taking it away from the right-hander and hitting off stump after Rance makes some room for the big hit down the ground but fails to make the requisite contact. Two wickets for the debutant Waqas Maqsood.

Seth Rance b Waqas Maqsood 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 3m) SR: 50
Maqsood to Sodhi, 1 run

back of a length on off stump, and Sodhi eases it to sweeper cover off the back foot

Maqsood to Sodhi, FOUR runs

length ball slanted across the stumps, and he makes room and flat-bats it over extra-cover. Shot!

Imran Azami: "New Zealand are clearly gonna miss the services of Mr. Chris Martin aka "The phantom" here :P" -- They haven't even brought Trent Boult here. It's unfair for connoisseurs of No. 11 technique.

Maqsood to Rance, 1 run

back of a length on middle stump, punched to the left of extra-cover

Talha: "From 95-2 to 110-8.. Thats Pakistan for you!" --- Aaaaand it's now 113 for 9.

Maqsood to Ferguson, OUT

and the birthday boy strikes! First T20I wicket for the debutant. Back of a length, slanting across the stumps, and Ferguson, making room and looking to guide it down to third man, only manages to edge it, and Sarfraz takes a good catch diving to his right

Lockie Ferguson c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Waqas Maqsood 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 8m) SR: 33.33

Waqas, left-arm over.

end of over 166 runs
NZ: 113/8CRR: 7.06 RRR: 13.50
Ish Sodhi6 (7b)
Lockie Ferguson1 (2b)
Usman Shinwari 3-0-24-0
Shadab Khan 4-0-30-3
Usman Shinwari to Sodhi, 2 runs

back of a length, angling into the stumps, and Sodhi swipes it away and gets enough power on it to beat long-on sprinting hard to his right

Fiaz Leghari : "With that wicket of Taylor, Shadab has become the highest wicket taker in this calendar year" -- Yup, he's gone past AJ Tye and now has 28 wickets.

Usman Shinwari to Ferguson, 1 run

full, close to off stump, driven towards mid-off

Usman Shinwari to Sodhi, 1 run

full now, clipped to long-on

Usman Shinwari to Ferguson, 1 leg bye

ooh, skiddy. Back of a length, angling in towards off stump. Looks to half-pull, half-flick, but mostly it's just hurried stabbing at the ball, because he's been beaten by pace off the pitch. Hits the back pad and rolls into the short third man region

Daniyal: "A stumping, a run-out and a caught-behind. Sarfraz now has a perfect keeper's hattrick."

Usman Shinwari to Sodhi, 1 run

wide of the crease, angles this one in towards off stump, pretty full. Clipped away through square leg, off the inside half of the bat

Usman Shinwari to Sodhi, no run

length ball, clipped towards midwicket

Usman, from round the wicket.

end of over 154 runs • 2 wickets
NZ: 107/8CRR: 7.13 RRR: 12.00
Ish Sodhi2 (3b)
Shadab Khan 4-0-30-3
Imad Wasim 4-0-28-2
Shadab to Taylor, OUT

is that a top edge? Sarfraz thinks so, and the umpire thinks so. Quickish outside off, more topspin than sidespin, and perhaps not enough room to cut. Taylor is one of the better cutters in the game, and he doesn't really need that much width, but on this occasion all he manages is a thick edge, which Sarfraz does very well to hold onto because it deviated quite sharply

Ross Taylor c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shadab Khan 7 (8b 0x4 0x6 14m) SR: 87.5
Shadab to Sodhi, 1 run

full on off stump, stabbed to the right of point

Shadab to Taylor, 1 run

tossed up on middle and off, whipped to deep midwicket

Ali Shiraz: "And that's why i don't take toilet breaks in the middle of the game. Like what just happened here"

Shadab to Sodhi, 1 run

tossed up wide of off stump, driven to sweeper cover

Shadab to Sodhi, no run

short outside off, cut to point

Umair: "Why 13.5 was not wide?" -- It wasn't actually that far down the leg side. Just fired quickly past him.

Shadab to Taylor, 1 run, OUT

full on leg stump, clipped towards deep midwicket, and oh my word, what are New Zealand doing here! Southee comes back for the second, Taylor sends him back, and Southee slips as he turns back towards the striker's end. Tries to dive back into the crease, but he's too late to beat the throw and Sarfraz's glovework. That's five wickets in eleven balls. Wow.

Tim Southee run out (Faheem Ashraf/†Sarfaraz Ahmed) 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 3m) SR: 0

Here's Sixer Southee, one of my favourite batsmen to watch.

end of over 145 runs • 2 wickets
NZ: 103/6CRR: 7.35 RRR: 10.66
Ross Taylor5 (5b)
Imad Wasim 4-0-28-2
Shadab Khan 3-0-26-2
Imad Wasim to Seifert, OUT

bowled him, this is stunning stuff from Pakistan's spinners. This is like the classic arm ball, which swings into the right-hander and skids off the track, imperilling anyone who deigns to play back to it. Tim Seifert goes back and across to cut, and he's taken by surprise by the direction and pace of that ball, and is late on the shot. Only manages to chop it onto his stumps with a bit of back pad along the way

Tim Seifert b Imad Wasim 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 2m) SR: 0
Imad Wasim to Chapman, OUT

cleverly done. This has gone up to the third umpire. Saw Chapman stepping out - he left his crease too early, and fired it down the leg side. Swung hard, in desperation, and missed, and Sarfraz does the rest, though he takes a bit of time moving down the leg side to collect. Chapman was a long way down the pitch, and there was no way he was getting back in time

Mark Chapman st †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Imad Wasim 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 9m) SR: 66.66
Imad Wasim to Taylor, 1 run

length ball wide of off stump, flat-batted to the left of extra-cover

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